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Summer Break Recommendations

We asked and you answered! During spring semester study week, we asked you to share your recommendations for books and podcasts to enjoy over summer break, and we got some excellent suggestions. No matter what genre you prefer, there’s a little something for everyone on these lists! Below is the full list of books and podcasts suggested by your fellow students, organized by category for easy browsing. If you’re in Ithaca this summer, swing by the library to check them out (or use Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan to obtain them from a partner library).


If you’re home for the summer, you can still enjoy access to the library! OverDrive allows current Cornell students, faculty, and staff to check out and download e-books and audiobooks. There are multiple options for accessing e-books and audiobooks via OverDrive:

  • Install the Libby app to download books to a computer, phone, or other device.
  • Read or listen online directly through your computer browser with OverDrive Read.
  • Use your Amazon account and either a Kindle device or app to download Kindle formats.

In addition to Cornell’s OverDrive offerings you can sign up for a Tompkins County Public Library Card to take advantage of their collection. New York State residents may also apply for a New York Public Library Card and/or a Brooklyn Public Library Card to access their OverDrive content as well as other online resources.


Enjoy your summer and happy reading/listening!

Book Recommendations

Cartoon of rainbow and clouds, with text: Swoon-worthy Romance
Cartoon image of cloud in starry sky, with text: Take me somewhere new
Cartoon image of cloud in starry sky, with text: I like pictures with my words

Podcast Recommendations

Cartoon image of cloud with rainbow, with text: Keep me informed
Cartoon image of cloud in starry sky, with text: Armchair Investigations